Though there are many DIY rodent control options, it is always best to work with a professional pest control provider, like Western Exterminator, to completely eliminate a rodent problem. Both mice and rats breed quickly, and if not controlled properly, one rodent can result in an infestation leaving you with a lot of damage and expensive repairs to your home.
However, if you want to try DIY rodent control by making your own rodent traps, we laid out some important rodent control tips to follow. Keep in mind that DIY rodent traps will only eliminate the rodents for a short period of time and will not completely control your mouse or rat problem if you have an infestation.
Rodents follow the perimeter of a room, so set your DIY rodent traps perpendicular to your walls, with the baited end flush against the wall. We should also note that you can never have too many traps – just follow our second step to make sure they are set up properly!
2. How to set up rodent traps
You will want to set up your traps at least six inches apart from each other. Make sure you leave enough space in between the traps so that if one goes off, it doesn't trigger another. If possible, tie the traps down so an injured mouse or rat cannot run off with the trap.
3. Baiting rodent traps
It is recommended to bait the traps with a tiny amount of bait that won’t spoil, such as dry pet food. Applying a pea-sized amount of your bait will help to prevent the rodents from just nibbling at it. Avoid using poison as bait as this will result in rodents dying in your walls where they'll emit an unpleasant odor.
Mousetraps take more effort than setting and forgetting them. Some of the top tips for setting a mousetrap include:
Using the best mousetrap bait
Not all mice like cheese!
You only need to use a small amount of bait that cannot be reached unless mice step on the trap. If they can swipe it without standing on the trap, they will!
Starting with unloaded mousetraps
Try setting traps out with bait (without loading them) for a couple of nights. This will trick mice into a false sense of security with the mousetraps.
Setting more than one trap
Always place more than one trap out—each two to three feet apart each—to have a better chance at catching as many mice as possible at once.
Setting out mousetraps strategically
Place mousetraps where mouse activity is common, including along walls and behind furniture, with the bait placed nearest to the wall.
Checking the mousetraps on a regular basis
Mice can, in some instances, grab bait without setting off the trap. They can also set the trap off without getting caught! Get in a habit of checking on the traps for efficiency.
Get rid of rodents with Western
If your DIY rodent control isn’t working, contact us! Our Technicians understand the habits of all mice and rat species, making it easier to find where they are nesting. Knowing and understanding rodent behaviors is crucial to effectively controlling an infestation.
To get rid of the rodents in your home, a Western Technician will use a combination of rodent exclusion techniques and control methods. Your Technician will perform a full inspection of your home – both inside and out – finding where the rodents are entering your home and then putting a plan in place to eliminate them and prevent them from returning.